Detroit’s Cultural Center, an easy 15-minute QLine ride from Campus Martius Park, puts you in an area where you can easily walk to and enjoy the Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan Science Center, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Detroit Public Library — all in one day, if you so choose.
Yeah, we said library. Its hallowed halls are not only a book lover’s heaven but marvels to behold. Among the library’s art to adore: John Stephens Coppin’s 1964 three-panel mural Man’s Mobility, which fittingly celebrates modes of transportation. The Detroit Public Library is known to host an event or two on any particular Sunday — a noted author’s reading, a jazz combo or a yoga session are among its beyond-books offerings.
If you skip out on library time, go walk the brick streets of Old Detroit at the Detroit Historical Museum, or stroll through the permanent exhibit And Still We Rise at The Wright, depicting the perseverance and power of African-Americans. Make your way to the DIA and appreciate masterpieces by masters like Rivera, Degas and Van Gogh. While there, check out independent films at the Detroit Film Theatre. A little-known secret: the DIA’s cafeteria-style eatery, Café DIA, has really good eats and is open Sundays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
With the Kids
Get hands-on at Michigan Science Center, which has more than 250 exhibits and three theaters, including a planetarium. Every Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., there are live stage shows that bring science to life. Other not-to-be-missed Sunday spots, especially for families, include the Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC), just east of downtown Detroit on the riverfront, and The Henry Ford in Dearborn. “There’s a lot of doing, not just seeing,” said Linda Walters, director at the OAC. “We offer an active way for kids and adults to feel like they’re outdoors.” Those ways include getting in a rowboat and mimicking fishing, plus various forms of archery. Sometimes, weather permitting, you might be invited to actually go outdoors for ice fishing, snowshoeing or sledding.
At The Henry Ford, you’ve got Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village multiple nights in October, or during the really cold months there’s Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, open every Sunday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., where the Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks traveling exhibit runs Oct. 12-Jan. 5.